Norway’s health institute: The mutated coronavirus likely has a lower ability to spread than first assumed

Preben AavitslandPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB
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The National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) calculations indicate that the British virus mutation has a somewhat lower R-number than first assumed, Preben Aavitsland at the FHI informed newspaper Bergens Tidende (BT).

Aavitsland told the newspaper that several assessments regarding the mutation would be updated when the FHI presents a new risk report.

Among other things, the FHI has made calculations of how contagious the new mutation really is. 

The FHI has previously calculated that the R-number is between 0.4 and 0.5 higher for the mutation.

“We estimate that the spreadability of the English variant is such that a patient (with the mutated virus) on average infects approximately 0.3 or 0.4 more patients than a patient with the old virus,” Aavitsland said.

“It is based on a new interpretation of what we see in Denmark and the UK, among other places. There is still some uncertainty associated with this,” he added.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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